About a six weeks ago, I decided to give up caffeine.
I was drinking so much, I had trouble sleeping and my blood pressure was starting to go up. Caffeine is OK in small doses, my doctor says, but I was consuming way too much.
My favorite source of caffeine: coffee.
Never one to do things half-way, I decided to quit caffeine cold turkey. The wicked headaches that resulted from the withdrawal nearly made me quit, but I was determined.
Now I can say I've mostly kicked the habit. Occasionally, I'll still grab a caffeinated latte when I need a quick pick-me-up or order iced tea at a restaurant, but for the most part, I'm caffeine free.
But I wasn't willing to give up coffee. After going without it for a few weeks, I decided I really missed the flavors in my favorite brews more than I missed the energy boost from the caffeine.
So I switched to decaf and started making coffee drinks and treats at home.
It's a way to satisfy my coffee cravings without the headaches I get from too much caffeine.
Coffee granita with mocha topping
3 cups brewed espresso
1/3 cup Splenda
½ cup whipped topping
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Pour espresso into medium saucepan. Stir in sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
Refrigerate mixture until cold, about 2 hours.
Pour mixture into 1½-quart freezer-safe bowl. Freeze until slushy, 1½ to 2 hours. Remove from freezer; break up with fork. Return to freezer until slushy, 1 to 1½ hours. Remove. Using a fork, break up into small crystals. Spoon into four cups.
In a bowl, fold together whipped topping, coffee powder and cocoa. Top granita mixture with whipped cream mixture and serve.
1 cup black coffee, brewed and chilled
1 cup low-fat, coffee-flavored ice cream
½ cup chocolate syrup
3 cups crushed ice
Combine chilled coffee, ice cream and chocolate syrup in a blender. Add enough crushed ice to equal 4 cups; process until smooth.
- Recipes adapted from weightwatchers.com.
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